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Thursday, 9 June 1994
Page: 1559


Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes the Saulwick Age Poll, on 9 June 1994, which shows that the vast majority of Australians rejects the Government's laissez faire policies and believes that the Government should intervene to protect local manufacturers from cheap imports;

  (b)recognises the link between deregulated international trade and the exploitation of workers and the environment in the Third World;

  (c)deplores the position taken by the Government at the recent New York meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Development, which isolated Australia from the rest of the world community through our delegation's argument for limiting the commission's role in trade issues; and

  (d)calls on the Government:

    (i)to implement measures to restrict imports from producers who do not meet minimum standards in relation to worker wages, occupational health and safety, product quality, especially safety, and environmental behaviour, and

    (ii)to take a position in international fora which places working conditions and the environment above economic rationalist ideology.